Three newly licensed Free Church ministers have been called by Western Isles congregations in July.
During a meeting of the presbytery on 10 July, presided by Rev. Murdo Campbell of Barvas Free Church, Rev. David MacDonald accepted the congregation’s call to Back Free Church, Stornoway, as assistant minister. Due to family commitments, Mr MacDonald was unable to attend in person, but did indicate his acceptance through Skype. At 25, Mr MacDonald, who is married to Jayne, is the youngest of the three ministers.
Then, on 12 July, the presbytery met in Leverburgh, where the Harris Free Church congregation had called Rev. Mark MacLeod. Mr Campbell again presided and, after all the formalities had been completed, Mr MacLeod accepted the call to serve as the minister of the congregation. Mr MacLeod is married to Eilidh and they have two children, Seumas and Kate.
Lastly, Rev. James MacIver of Stornoway Free Church presided over the final meeting of the presbytery that week, on 13 July. The Kinloch congregation resolved to call Rev. Paul Murray as their minister, which he accepted. Mr Murray and his wife Amanda have two young children, Mairi Belle and Eilidh Ceit.
All three probationers have just completed their studies at Edinburgh Theological Seminary and graduated with distinction from the University of Glasgow. As the three men are all probationers, Free Church practice required them to be examined by the presbytery before ordination, which was set to take place on 25 July.
Please pray for the newly licensed ministers, their families and congregations, as they take up their charge.